Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #39

Our Ordained Chaplains scripture verse for today is John 13:34 which reads, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “The Call to the MInistry: Borders of the Promised Land” (Part 11):

Throughout this period Alice was always uppermost in my mind, and her letters meant a lot to me. However, as I look back, I see that I did not make as much of the privilege of writing as I might have. It seemed to me of first importance that I should do good work in my studies. Therefore I did not respond affirmatively to her suggestion that we correspond in French, and I did not devote to my letters the time and thought needed to make them really worthwhile. My academic standing I brought from an average of 83 in the first semester to 96 in the senior year, and 93 for the entire three years. Meanwhile the old battle for self-control seemed to be in hand. I felt therefore a certain degree of self-satisfaction. On this account I felt more keenly the fact that Alice would not permit me to see her and that her letters were written on her official stationery. In any case, at the end of my second year at Union she sent me an excellent picture of herself, one which I have always treasured.